History : Interpreting America 's Past Essay

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According to the textbook Experience History: Interpreting America’s Past,Volume 2: From 1865, the European Theater was an area of heavy fighting across Europe from Germany’s Invasion of Poland. Hitler and Nazi Germany dominated the European fields of battle early in WWII. It occurred during World War II, from 1 September 1939 to 8 May 1945. Allied forces fought the Axis powers in three theaters: the Eastern Front, the Western Front and the Mediterranean Theatre. Hitler had a plan that he intended to use to recapture territory lost to Poland after World War I which was Russia. He hoped that Joseph Stalin would join him in his plan to invade Poland without having to fight a war with enemies attacking on both fronts. The war started in Europe when “Germany and the Russian armor took three weeks to crush the Polish calvary” (Davidson 716) on September 1, 1939. This triggered alliances with the British and French Empire. Once spring arrived in 1940, Hitler moved to protect his sea lanes by capturing Denmark and Norway. German panzer divisions supported by air power knifed through Belgium and Holland in a Blitzkrieg - a “lightning war.” In less that six weeks, after the German invasion, France capitulated. That summer thousands of German fighter planes and heavy bombs targeted England. In the Battle of Britain, Hitler sought to soften up England for a German invasion from France. U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Act on March 11. This program was…

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